Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin, Germany
Since 1 January 2010, Prof. Dr. iur. Beate Rudolf has been the Director of the German Institute for Human Rights. Prior she was a junior professor for public law and equality law at the faculty of law of Freie Universität Berlin and director of the research project "Public International Law Standards for Governance in Weak and Failing States" within the Research Center "Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood". Her research focuses on human rights and legal principles on state structures under public international law, European law and German constitutional law as well as from a comparative law perspective. She researched and taught in these areas at the universities of Bonn, Düsseldorf, Tulane Law School, New Orleans and Freie Universität Berlin. She gained practical experience in human rights work during an internship at the Directorate for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, by representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and as an active member of the German Women Lawyers Association and the European Women Lawyers Association, of which she was a Vice-President until the end of 2011. She also belongs to the editorial committee of the German-language version of decisions of the ECHR. Her numerous publications (in German, English and French) in the area of human rights range from conceptual questions of specific rights, gender equality and non-discrimination to problems of implementation and improving the UN human rights system.